New Geographies of the American West: Land Use and the by William Riebsame Travis

By William Riebsame Travis

Reconciling explosive development with usually majestic panorama defines New Geographies of the yank West. Geographer William Travis examines modern land use alterations and improvement styles from the Mississippi to the Pacific, and assesses the ecological and social results of Western development. Unlike earlier "boom" classes depending on oil or gold, the trendy inhabitants explosion within the West displays a sustained ardour for residing during this particular panorama. however the encroaching exurbs, ranchettes, and ski inns are cutting away on the very setting that Westerners cherish. Efforts to control development within the West are typically stymied on the country and native degrees. Is it attainable to enhance improvement styles in the West's conventional anti-planning, pro-growth milieu, or is a brand new version wanted? Can the area strengthen sustainably, keeping and coping with its defining wildness, whereas profiting from it, too? Travis takes up the problem , suggesting that useful and engaging cost should be embedded in preserved lands, operating landscapes, and fit ecologies.

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Even more striking is the second-place showing for “non-labor” sources such as investments, rents, and retirement income. Manufacturing, government employment, and construction also grew, while agriculture, and mining lagged, constituting a decreasing proportion of the income pie. html, and provided by Ray Rasker of Headwaters Economics, see http://www. ) But current growth is also different from the region’s historic economic patterns. The most obvious characteristic that differentiates this boom from those of the past is the diverse set of high-tech, telecom, and service industries that are its foundation.

In nighttime satellite photographs, some, such as Phoenix and Las Vegas, stand out as circles of light against a black background of open spaces (fig. 1). Others sprout multiple tendrils that connect peripheral blobs of light in lopsided constellations, such as those across Southern and Northern California and northwestern Washington. 1 A nighttime satellite image of the West reveals a growing network of development against a dark background of open space. 2 Though Las Vegas is one of the more concentrated cities in the West, even its suburbs inevitably sprawl out onto the region’s signature open spaces.

Unemployed easterners joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). My father, Frank Riebsame, was shipped from Philadelphia to a CCC camp near Flagstaff,Arizona, where he fought fires, built trails in the Grand Canyon, and generally had the “time of his life” in the far West. TheWest continued to grow when World War II ended the Depression. Both hot and cold wars spurred even more federal investment and set the stage for the postindustrial development described in the rest of this book. Vast distances, low population density, and arid climate .

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